Thrill to summer and winter action and adventure and visit ancient buildings in this beautiful alpine resort in northern Italy.
Bormio is a year-round vacation destination in the heart of the Italian Alps. Ski down challenging pistes in the winter, hike among green-covered hills and valleys in the spring and summer and chill out in its thermal waters any time. With a long history spanning many centuries, the alpine town also encompasses a number of ancient palaces, towers and churches.
As the site of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, the resort is equipped with modern skiing and skating facilities. Navigate your way along more than 30 miles (50 kilometers) of pistes. There are runs for all abilities, including beginners.
Even if you’re not into skiing, there is still lots to see and do in and around the town. Relax tired limbs in one of the spa centers. Bormio’s thermal baths are fed by mineral-rich water from a spring by the river Adda. In addition to the restorative waters, there are saunas, steam baths and mud treatments.
Go to the historic center, where you will see many 15th and 16th-century buildings. Step inside the Romanesque Church of San Vitale to view its 14th-century wooden altarpiece. Look up at the Torre degli Alberti, a medieval tower from the 13th century.
Spend some time in the Palazzo De Simoni, which houses the Civic Museum. Among its collections are artworks from palaces and churches and reconstructions of the interiors of homes from different eras.
During the warmer months, take advantage of the hiking opportunities. There are more than 372 miles (600 km) of trails, paths and roads that pass through valleys, woods and mountains. Explore the forests, floodplains and valleys of Stelvio National Park. Walk by mountain streams and a high mountain lake and try and spot such wildlife as golden eagles, deer and woodpeckers.
To get to Bormio, fly to one of the three airports of Milan. Then rent a car for the 125-mile (200-kilometer) drive north. Alternatively, arrive by a combination of bus and train to enjoy plenty of alpine activities in the great outdoors.